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Green Beans, Sausage & Sweet Tomatoes

Are you short on time and want to prepare a wonderful dinner?  As they say necessity is the mother of many inventions,  but don’t let the lack of time deprive you and your family from enjoying a delicious dish! Nowadays you markets have an assortment of chicken sausages. They have less fat than the traditional pork sausage and come in varieties such as apple and spice, smoked paprika, and if you like it spicy andouille and jalapeno!  Use fresh vegetables ( or a shortcut with frozen ones) and inexpensive  Queso Blanco and you’ll make a great  dinner for any time of the year.

Ingredients:

2 cups pole or green beans, blanched ( use frozen for a shortcut)
2 smoked chicken & apple sausages chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
1/2 cup Queso fresco diced
2 Tbsp olive oil

Brown the sausage in a skillet with the olive oil, take the sausage out, keep warn.; lower the heat and place the tomatoes and queso in the drippings, stir gingerly till queso starts to melt.

Arrange the beans on a serving dish, layer on top the sausage and the tomato-queso mix. Serve with spicy tortilla chips for a snack, or over whole wheat pasta fir a dinner.

Pocket Meat Pies AKA Empanadas

These wonderful pocket pastries have multiple incarnations among several cultures. Our Savory version are a recipe that is typical from Spain and the former colonies  South America. Seasoned browned meat meets the sweetness of cumin raisins and the right touch of chopped olives.  Look for pre- made pastry dough in the ethic section of the frozen food aisle or  make 2 large ones with prepared pie crusts . Can’t find empanada rounds? Get frozen pizza dough and cut 12 equal squares.  Stretch a tad to get a 5 inch square and follow recipe to make lovely triangle- shaped empanadas .ENJOY!

Ingredients ( for 1 dozen or two large pie crust size)

1 1/2 pound ground lean meat
1 large onion chopped
3 Tbls canola oil
1/4 cup of raisins soaked in 1/4 cup water
10 green olives, chopped
1 1/2 TBSP cumin
2 Hard Boiled eggs, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 egg beaten for wash  
1 package empanada rounds or 2 pie crusts (*)

 

In a large skillet on medium high heat brown meat with cumin. Remove meat from pan, keep the drippings and add the oil and chopped onion. Cook till onions are translucent but not brown. Turn heat to low and add chopped olives, the raisins. stir in well. Turn off heat and add salt and pepper to taste. Let cool, then gently add the chopped eggs.

Meanwhile preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Take dough out of package  and fill each round with 2  Tbsp of mixture. Moisten edges using your fingertip dipped in water.  Fold each round in half and seal either by braiding the edges, by squeezing or pinching in a zig-zag fashion with your fingertips, or by pressing down with the prongs of a fork. Place pies on a baking sheet and brush on egg-wash. 
Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or till  edges are golden. Remove from oven , let sit for 5 minutes s and serve . Enjoy as part of a tapas display with  a lovely Spaniard Tempranillo or an interesting Argentinean Malbec .

(*) please pay attention to ingredients for food allergies.
Can’t find empanada rounds? Get frozen pizza dough and cut 12 equal squares.  Stretch a tad to get a 5 inch square and follow recipe to make lovely triangle- shaped empanadas . ENJOY! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herb-Roasted “Smoked” Turkey

 

Does your family love the taste and scent of smoked turkey ? Is it cold as the ARTIC CIRCLE and no one wants to put in 8 hours worth of harsh weather? Try making it in your oven! The secret is in a delightful product called liquid smoke. Choose mesquite for the turkey and you are sure to score a big time hit!!!

Make the experience extra easy by using a alarm clad meat thermometer . This has saved many many thanksgiving and holiday roasts from over and under doing! We insist…! they are well worth the investment.

Roasted Turkey is  the traditional bird for he holidays This jazzed up version goes well, with a ripe Australian cabernet

Ingredients:

1 15 to 16 lb turkey
1/2 stick of butter room temperature or 4 Tbls of Olive oil for milk free version
4 Tbls apple cider vinegar
4 Tbls liquid smoke 
1 cup apple cider or apple juice
2 tsp herbs of choice: sage, herbs de province or rosemary go very well

 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix the apple cider,  and the cider in a saucepan over medium heat, bring liquid to a boil, then  remove from heat ,stir in the liquid smoke and set it aside.
Rinse turkey inside and out, pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle cavity with salt and pepper. Spoon in stuffing (if any). Tuck the wing tips under the breast and tie legs together with twine.

Rub the turkey with the butter and the herbs. Pour half of the basting liquid over the turkey. Salt and pepper the turkey to taste. 

Insert a meat thermometer (if using one) in the thickest part of the leg and place the turkey in the oven. Roast the turkey for 40 minutes, then baste with the remainder of the liquid.

Roast for 2 hours, continue to baste frequently, add a cup of water if juices run dry. Cover the turkey with foil to avoid drying. Continue to cook for approximately 1 and one half hour or till the meat thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 175 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit . Transfer turkey to a platter, and let stand (with the foil) for 30 minutes before carving. meanwhile use the drippings to prepare pan gravy. Enjoy!

TOOLS:

Bonjour Compact Meat Thermometer and Timer Bonjour Compact Meat Thermometer and Timer       

Monitor the inner temperature of poultry or meat without opening the oven door with BonJour’s Compact Meat Thermometer. To use, select the type of meat and desired doneness level, such as “beef” & “medium-rare”. Next, insert the 6″ stainless steel probe into the meat. An alarm will sound when the actual temperature reaches the desired doneness level. Features include: pre-programmed with cooking temperatures, memory function to program other meat temperatures, 99 minute timer, magnetized backing for the outside of oven door, easel stand for the counter top and 3′ cord easily reaches inside oven door. Batteries included.
$24.95

 

 

 

 


Longhorn Liquid Mesquite Smoke Longhorn Liquid Mesquite Smoke    

The taste of the Great Southwest is as easy as opening a 4 oz. jar. Delicious seasoning for seafood, poultry and meats. Just sprinkle on before and after cooking, for unique flavor. Can be used to create many regional dishes such as dips, tacos, chili, nachos, pizza, shrimp creole, gumbos, rice dishes… an unlimited variety. For creativity in the kitchen… use Longhorn Grill Seasonings! Contains no MSG. Also available in full cases of 12 jars. INGREDIENTS Water, natural mesquite smoke flavor, vinegar, sugar and honey. NET CARBS: 0g $2.52

 


Forget disposable aluminum roasting pans, they bend, break, they can’t even hold their contents!!

Get a nonstick set for 99.99 ( baster and lifters included) or just the pan with rack for 59.99

Cooking.com will ship it free till NOV 20 just click below and use code C89225at checkout

Calphalon 16x13x3-in. Nonstick Contemporary Nonstick Roasting Set Calphalon 16x13x3-in. Nonstick Contemporary Nonstick Roasting Set      

Purchase this roasting pan and receive these bonus tools: a baster, injection needle and set of poultry lifters, everything you need to prepare your holiday bird. New looks from Calphalon’s Contemporary Nonstick line. The stainless handles are slim and flared and are multi-riveted for added strength. Made of hard-anodized aluminum with a nonstick interior, this new roaster heats evenly and quickly and comes with a removable, nonstick rack that holds up to a 25-lb. turkey – also ideal for chicken, pork or beef tenderloins. As your main course browns and glistens, vegetables roast and caramelize at the bottom of the pan. $99.99

 

 

 


Honey-Mustard Roasted Turkey Breast

Make a whole turkey for a large family ( or if you are a turkey-leftover junky. Try a turkey breast if your loved ones only like white meat, or  a boneless turkey breast for a small gathering , or if more than one meat is served . The best part: Carving  is a breeze!

Ingredients: for 6 servings

1 boneless breast of turkey, defrosted
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 balsamic vinegar
3 Tbls honey
1/4 stick of butter, molten ( use 4TBSP olive oil if you need milk free)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix the butter with the other ingredients till well blended. Place turkey on baking tray and spoon on the mixture till its about 1/8 and 1/4 on an inch thick. Place in the oven and cook for 30 minutes. Cover with foil and continue to cook for approximately 1 and 1/2 hour, basting frequently. The turkey will be done when a thermometer inserted in the middle reads 170 degrees. Remove from oven and let stand for 20 minutes. Meanwhile prepare the pan gravy with the drippings Carefully remove the netting and slice. Enjoy with trimmings such as Cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and cornbread stuffing.

SKIP THE GUESS WORK,  avoid raw or overcooked/ dry turkey from now on. Get this essential tool!! Build up your kitchen arsenal in a smart way and have a worry-free dinner. Enjoy the party instead of minding the roast:  this Meat Thermometer sounds an alarm when the food is done , and all without having to open the oven and waste energy and time.

Bonjour Compact Meat Thermometer and Timer Bonjour Compact Meat Thermometer and Timer          

Monitor the inner temperature of poultry or meat without opening the oven door with BonJour’s Compact Meat Thermometer. To use, select the type of meat and desired doneness level, such as “beef” & “medium-rare”. Next, insert the 6″ stainless steel probe into the meat. An alarm will sound when the actual temperature reaches the desired doneness level. Features include: pre-programmed with cooking temperatures, memory function to program other meat temperatures, 99 minute timer, magnetized backing for the outside of oven door, easel stand for the counter top and 3′ cord easily reaches inside oven door. Batteries included.
$24.95